Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft dines with Coast Guard members during a Thanksgiving meal. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley.

Thankful for our United States Coast Guard

Written by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft As families, friends and loved ones join together to give thanks, my wife Fran and I are honored to share this Thanksgiving tradition with deployed service members. Nearly 400 years after the […]


Adm. Zukunft Testifies Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today to discuss Coast Guard Search and Rescue and its response to the 2017 Hurricanes. The Commandant began his testimony stating that the Coast […]


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Adm. Zukunft testifies at House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft appeared today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to discuss acquisition programs and modernizing the force. In addressing the subcommittee, the Commandant discussed the Coast Guard’s unique authorities and its ability to bridge gaps and create opportunities. Not only is the Coast Guard an armed service that advances national security objectives, it also executes the President’s national security and economic prosperity priorities.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft meets with Colombian Vice President Oscar Naranjo alongside government officials. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Securing the Western Hemisphere

Transnational organized crime is a 750 billion dollar enterprise. Motivated by profit, criminal organizations drive widespread instability in South and Central America as they exploit vulnerable populations by trafficking drugs, children, bulk cash and weapons.


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Adm. Zukunft testifies at House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft appeared before the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee today to discuss recent recapitalization efforts and underscore the service’s most pressing needs. Among the past year’s recapitalization highlights was awarding the contract to complete the program of record for 58 total Fast Response Cutters – all, as the Commandant emphasized, at “an affordable price.”


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Adm. Zukunft testifies at Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation

The Coast Guard had a banner year of counter-drug operations in 2016. All told, Coast Guard men and women removed more than 200 metric tons of cocaine. In addition, 585 suspected drug smugglers were detained and brought to the United States for prosecution. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft shared these operations, and more, as he appeared before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation today.


Adm. Zukunft testifies before Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard

In the week following his annual State of the Coast Guard address, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft appeared before the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard to discuss the Coast Guard’s role as an indispensable instrument of national security.


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The State of Today’s Coast Guard

As Commandant, I am in the business of ensuring the readiness of our force. Of ensuring our men and women are properly trained and equipped to carry out their mission. It is this force, and all that our men and women do, that continually and truly humble me. I could not be more grateful for each of our phenomenal active duty, reserve, civil servant, and auxiliary members.


Year of Gratitude

Fran and I are fortunate to celebrate this Thanksgiving with 200 members of our Coast Guard, including the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, Port Security Unit 307 and those deployed with Aviation Detachment Guantanamo Bay. Like many American families, the food service specialists here spent time preparing a meal that signifies the blessings our Nation offers – liberty, peace and the bounty of prosperity and opportunity.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft engages with veterans at the United States Veterans Initiative facility in Washington, D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

A Duty to People, A Duty to Veterans

On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918, the hostilities of World War I came to an end. What was once known as Armistice Day is now known as Veterans Day serving as a reminder of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who served across the world to protect our freedoms. On this day, we reflect upon the men and women whose service and sacrifice is the foundation for our American way of life – our freedoms, our values, our ideals.


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